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Wood Waste (lumber)

Wood Waste (lumber)
Off cuts, warped boards, damp wood, dry and brittle wood can all be disposed of in a environmentally friendly way at designated recycling facilities.

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How do I go green?


If there’s a giant hole in the roof then it’s a no-brainer, but don’t tear down or renovate just for a new look.  Instead, redecorate or reorganize. Try to find a way to work with what you have rather than starting all over again with new materials.


Use woodwaste to cover things such as your wood pile, boat, ATVs or building supplies that stay outdoors for the winter.  Offer re-useable lumber to neighbours or family who have a use for it.


Designated woodwaste recycling depots will know just what to do with your waste wood. Most designated facilities will convert your waste wood into refuse derived fuel (RDF) that is then sold as an alternative fuel source to other users. Some companies use RDF in their plants to generate eco-friendly power, thereby offsetting their carbon footprint.  Emission controls are in place in these plants to minimize pollution.

See also: Christmas trees, Lumber, Lumber (clean), Pallets, Wood Waste


  • A&P Disposal & Recycling

    6220 Marilyn Road

  • Alpine Disposal & Recycling

    1045 Dunford Ave.

  • DL's Recycling Centre

    6844 Oldfield Rd

  • Ellice Recycle (commercial dump capable loads only)

    2525 Bridge Street

  • H.L. Disposal & Lawn Services Ltd.

    334 Hillside Ave

  • North Saanich Public Works Yard (North Saanich Residents Only)

    Municipal Pit, Littlewood Road
    North Saanich

  • Sooke Disposal Ltd.

    No drop off depot.

  • The Environmental Story

    Many homeowners have a pile of wood out in the backyard somewhere from that last renovation or for one to come. There are many ways for wood waste to be reused, so don’t let it end up in the landfill.  Backyard, woodstove or fireplace burning of this material is not recommended and backyard burning is banned in most municipalities.  Burning lumber is a problem for many reasons.  Burning creates fine particulates that causes breathing problems, a problem for all of us and especially significant for people with asthma or COPD.  Wood smoke is chemically active in the body 40 times longer than tobacco.
    There are chemicals in lumber even if it is 'untreated', including salt from log booms, lubiricants (diesel oil, antifreeze, paint thinner and kerosene) from sawmill blades and polyethylene glycol (PEG-1000) from dry kilning.  Trace amounts of these chemicals can be found on all surfaces of each piece of lumber that has been through the saw. Combustion of these substances produces a variety of corrosives, including sulphuric acid.